New Delhi, Jan 5: Farmers protesting against the new Central agriculture laws Tuesday deferred their proposed tractor march from January 6 to January 7 due to a bad weather forecast, even as they asserted they will intensify their stir in the coming days.
Addressing a press conference at Singhu Border here, Swaraj Abhiyan leader Yogendra Yadav said “it has been seven months” since the new laws came into force and the government has held seven round of talks with farmers since then, but it has not listened to “seven words” of farmers which are: “we want repeal of the farm laws”.
Union leaders said thousands of farmers will take out the tractor march from all protest sites – Singhu, Tikri, Ghazipur and Shahjahanpur (Haryana-Rajasthan border) – the Kundli-Manesar-Palwal (KMP) on January 7.
Yadav said the decision to defer the march was taken over a forecast of bad weather conditions on Wednesday.
The national capital has been receiving intermittent rains for the past three days.
The unions said the agitation against the three agriculture laws will be intensified in the coming days.
Talking about their other proposed tractor march to Delhi, which is scheduled on January 26, farmer leader Joginder Nain said, “We will send 10 tractor-trollies from every village in Haryana. We request people to come – at least one from a house. And a total of 11 women from a village.”
The Haryana Police had on Sunday fired teargas canisters towards a group of farmers at Masani barrage in Rewari district to thwart their march towards Delhi. The farmers first broke police barricades put up near Bhudla Sangwari village and then started moving towards Delhi in the evening.
“Two groups of protestors came in Rewari district – one on December 31 the other on January 3. Police stopped us five kilometres before Dharuhera on January 3. They hurled multiple tear gas shells on us there,” Ranjit Singh Raju, a farmer leader from Rajasthan, said.
Thousands of farmers from Punjab, Haryana and some other parts of the country have been camping at several Delhi border points since November 28, demanding repeal of farm laws, a legal guarantee on minimum support price for their crops and other two issues.
Last week, the government agreed to exclude farmers from penal provisions of the Air Quality Management ordinance and to not pursue the draft Electricity Bill. – PTI